Lobbying groups representing big and small cable operators offered conflicting views on the Television Consumer Freedom Act proposed by Sen. John McCain (R.- Ariz.).
Executives at some of the largest media companies weighed in on several online video topics during quarterly earnings teleconferences this week. They were asked by stock analysts about topics such as Aereo's online distribution of TV signals and Netflix's plans to be more selective about the programming it licenses.
Twitter wants to be more than a platform for 140-word messages and is reportedly seeking partnerships with television networks to acquire high-quality video and advertising. The deals would reportedly allow Twitter to sell advertising to accompany the video content and split the revenue with the networks. Video seems to be something that would appeal to Twitter users, who apparently chat a lot about their TV watching experiences.
Viacom's Epix launched an app on Sony's PlayStation 3 Tuesday which allows subscribers from affiliates such as Charter Communications, Verizon, Cox Communications and Dish Network to access 3,000 titles through the gaming consoles.
DirecTV is the first pay TV provider to agree to launch Pivot, a new premium network that says it will also let distributors sell it to broadband-only subscribers.
The BlackBerry World digital storefront continues building out its television programming catalog, announcing new content licensing agreements with Viacom, Univision Communications and PBS.
Several cable operators and DirecTV issued statements in support of the antitrust suit Cablevision filed against Viacom in a federal court on Tuesday.
Cablevision said it filed a lawsuit against Viacom Tuesday that alleges the media giant violated antitrust laws for its practice of forcing pay TV distributors to carry lesser known networks such as Palladia and VH1 Classic if they want to offer subscribers Comedy Central, Nickelodeon and other more popular networks.
Nickelodeon and Comedy Central parent Viacomsaid it saw revenue drop by 16 percent to $3.31 billion during the fourth quarter, which it blamed on the performance of its Paramount Pictures division and decreased ad revenue at Nickelodeon.
Amazon said Thursday it will shoot pilots for five original kids' TV shows, which it plans to offer for free to its Amazon Instant Video and Prime Instant Video subscribers.